SUNSHINE-GIRL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SUNSHINE%2DGIRL SUNSHINE-GIRL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ is it a record?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817104 Doubt it, as there are people on here who earn many more points than I do BUT........ I have just passed 90,000 sparkpoints. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 07:28:36 EST Here I go again - starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786659 I know it is an easy excuse not to lose weight to say that something happened to get in the way. A birthday, wedding, holiday etc. They can all put you off track but I try to plan for such events and can usually manage to limit the damage. <BR> <BR> I have recently been trying to lose 9lbs in 9 weeks, then it was 9lbs in 7 weeks and then 9lbs in 5 weeks. Still do-able I think. So what has stopped me in my tracks now. <BR> <BR> Up to last weekend I had lost 2lbs of the 9, so on track. T... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 09:28:52 EST you can always learn something new http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782718 After having my grandchildren with me for 3 weeks and accepting that my weight would plateau - you can't refuse to share and enjoy an ice cream or a burger with them. Also, I encourage them to cook so I was often head taster for pizza with cream cheese and strawberry jam topping (yes). <BR> <BR> Anyway, when they left it gave me 9 weeks before my next trip and I needed to lose 8 or 9 lbs. Easy I say. Not so, says my body. Nearly 5 weeks in and I have lost 000lbs. How can that be. I h... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:35:39 EST NSV - failed experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775648 Well it has been a week since my last weigh-in and DH has put the scales back in the bathroom. To check they are accurate he has weighed himself. He never varies, not even an ounce. <BR> <BR> <BR> Feeling quite good, tummy seems flatter and I got into my white jeans on Friday I rush through and get on the scales. Oh no. I have gained half a pound. Okay, that is not much but you should see my food and exercise record. I have been super good with food even thinking about that extra sl... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 07:39:05 EST Non scales motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773834 I still wake up and think about getting weighed and then have to snap into my new routine. Toilet, wash hands, take blood glucose test, pour juice/water and take medication. How boring, but it has to be done, but I am getting used to not jumping on the scales. <BR> <BR> I promised myself a non scales motivator before the weekend and temptations. I got out my new white jeans. If you remember I bought them when I was only about 2 / 3 lbs lighter but the extra 2 / 3lbs mean't I couldn't do ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:41:44 EST Ahggggg no scales today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771686 Help, it is like a drug. I lay in bed this morning thinking about getting up and my first thought was 'I wonder how much I weigh'. I stuck rigidly to the diet yesterday, did 10 mins of yoga stretches, walked slowly around the shops for 20 minutes and had a 30 minute swim. Good day all round. Having a feel around thought my stomach feels a bit flatter, the midriff is not so pronounced. Let's get up and see what I weigh. Oh non, the scales have gone. Just as I promised, I have asked DH t... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:09:59 EST non-scales challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771154 I have been weighed this morning and I have asked my DH to hide the scales until Sunday night. Fed up of jumping on and off every morning. I am diabetic so I do have to know how much I weigh to control my insulin but honestly, not down to the daily fluctuations of .2 or .3 of a kilo. I even weigh myself after I have been to the toilet and the madness has to stop. <BR> <BR> The disadvantages of weighing daily far outweigh (no pun intended) the advantages. For example, if I have lost half ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:38:41 EST Back to Real Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763451 We have had our young grandsons staying with us in France for the past 3 weeks and any thoughts of dieting have gone completely out of the window. <BR> <BR> We have enjoyed ourselves going out and about. We visited a monkey colony where the monkeys are free to leap from tree to tree above our heads. We went an historic battle re-enactment evening - the French won against the English in 1453. We went to a scarecrow festival and played ancient games as well as archery and pony riding. We w... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:19:42 EST Giving up the Drink - My Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713452 I AM WRITING THIS BECAUSE I CARE ABOUT ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIFFICULTIES WITH ALCOHOL AND ALL THOSE WHO WANT TO HAVE A LIFE FREE FROM ALCOHOL. YOU ARE ALL SO LIKE ME AND HOW I USED TO BE. PLEASE DO NOT BE OFFENDED BY ANYTHING I SAY AS I MAY NOT ALWAYS EXPRESS MYSELF CLEARLY. IF I OFFEND ANY OF YOU, I AM TRULY SORRY - I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO ME. <BR> <BR> I said I was not going to be on alcohol related forums any more but I do look in from time to time. One thing tha... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 13:15:30 EST GOALS MET http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674200 On 1st January I set myself several goals which are:- lose 11lbs before 19th April for holiday - GOAL MET. Exercise 3 or 4 times every week - GOAL MET. I gave up alcohol so no alcohol allowed - GOAL MET. <BR> <BR> I don't think I have successfully completed all my goals before and to time. Tomorrow I head off for a week in Italy with my family and so looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> Will set new goals on my return. <em>224</em> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:28:01 EST Sad tale of my sad scales http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427155 My bathroom scales have been playing up for quite some time. Get on them 3 times in succession and weigh 3 different weights. Having bought new ones I have to accept the weight they say I am. My daughter always says my scales were very forgiving and under weigh her by quite a bit. Imagine my shock horror when my new scales told me I was 7 lbs heavier than I thought. <BR> <BR> It is just a number and I have to use that as my baseline weight and not get too upset about it. I know I have... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 09:00:50 EST I'm on my way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386778 First part of this journey, 2lbs lost and 10lbs to go. 7 weeks to do it. It will be done!!! Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:06:35 EST Bye bye swimming pool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100848 Had my last swim on Saturday 13th October, a record in endurance as it was getting quite cold. Since then we have had nothing but rain and temperature has dropped from low 20's to 12 / 13 so that is it for this year. Thought about dragging out my exercise DVD's but cant work up the enthusiasm yet and too wet to go for a walk. Will seriously get back on with exercise next week. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 06:24:41 EST interval training part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4937342 I cannot believe it works that fast. Did 20 mins of high intensity swimming yesterday and have lost 2lbs. I was still sticking to my diet but I have been trying to lose that 2lbs for weeks. Here's to the next 2 lbs. Did 30 minutes ordinary swimming this morning and going to do another set of interval swimming later today. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 09:07:31 EST increasing intensity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4936160 read the spark page about interval training and have decided to give it a try. After a particularly bad weekend for food, party with food saturday, pool party with nibbles and then a large sunday evening comfort meal, I have gained back the 2lbs it has taken me the last 6 weeks to lose. <BR> <BR> I swim every day, sometimes twice, doing between 40 and 70 minutes so you would think I would have no trouble losing weight and I don't eat more than about 1200 calories. This morning I swam for 4... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:43:47 EST Swimming again - yipeeeee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4877963 We opened our pool earlier this week - at long last as it has been a bit cold and wet here in France. Normally we are swimming by the end of April. After of couple of days of cleaning and cleaning and cleaning again it is now sparkling. I had my first swim yesterday and was a bit reluctant and the water had only reached 21 degrees but as soon as I got in it was like returning the the womb, heavenly. Spent 40 minutes then got cramp in both feet and had to get out. <BR> <BR> Will be back i... Sat, 12 May 2012 07:48:37 EST stuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4781788 Not lost anything for nearly 3 weeks. Have increased exercise from 45 mins aerobics to 60 mins. Now gaoing to increase from 3 times x week to 4 so not giving up. Cannot reduce calories any further. I am still movitated and have 4 weeks to lose the final 7 lbs I set my sights on so it will be a stone since Jan 1st. Sun, 11 Mar 2012 10:51:42 EST Just lost half my wardrobe - yipee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4754980 I Blogged the other day that I have now got into clothing 2 sizes smaller which I kept in the back of the wardrobe. Today I went about trying on everything I haven't worn for the past 5 years, since my weight gain began. Several more pairs of trousers now fit with a couple waiting for me to lose another 7 or so pounds. Got back into the suit I wore at my daughters wedding nearly 8 years ago (see my SP page for photo) also got into suit I bought for grandson's christening 6 years ago. All ... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 11:54:38 EST a whole new wardrobe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4744427 I have just slung my staple wear of jeans in the wash and found that my other 2 pairs of casual trousers are in the ironing basket. Scrabbled around in my trouser draw and pulled out a pair I havent worn for years as they were too small for my growing thighs. Put them on and THEY FIT, not only that but THEY ARE LOOSE. Looked at the label and they are 2 sizes smaller than my normal ones. Will have to go through the wardrobe trying on lots of 'old' clothes to see what now fits me. Yipee. <... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 07:46:13 EST food tracker to the rescue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4734773 I have just entered into my food tracker what I have eaten so far today and then what I was going to have for my evening meal. It is a lovely beef casserole and no problem for the diet as it is all lean meat and lots of veg. Then I decided to add a little treat of a 'low fat' suet dumpling. Imagine my shock when my meal jumped from 300 calories to over 600. I quickly scrubbed the dumplings, replaced them with a small portion of mashed potato and voila, back on track. <BR> <BR> It pays ... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 08:22:12 EST ibs and probiotics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4733365 I started taking the probiotic supplements about a week ago. This morning I had a real craving for a boiled egg and toast, dare I risk it. Hubby said "well we are not going anywhere in all this snow so try it out". Normally the unwanted effects take around 20 minutes to hit my gut but four hours later my boiled egg is still digesting and has not gone straight through me. <BR> <BR> Maybe we have hit upon a 'cure'. Fingers crossed. Sat, 11 Feb 2012 07:46:02 EST dietary nightmare - eggs and lactose - IBS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4708194 Over the past couple of years something has been happening in the old digestive system. Firstly, I suffered a severe bout of food poisoning due to bad chicken. It was fully diagnosed through samples and blood tests and had a long name. Treated with antibiotics I eventually got over it. <BR> <BR> Following that I suffered bouts of diarrhea, infrequent and not often enough to be a problem. Slowly, slowly these bouts became more frequent until, finally, after about 2 years I was stuck in th... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 06:32:56 EST Swimming the English Channel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4341863 I started the 8 week diabetes challenge at the beginning of June. So far I have managed to lose 7 lbs which is great. As those who have read my previous blogs will know that I love swimming and have a pool at home. However, as I am usually all alone in the pool it can get a bit boring. Then my lovely daughter and husband clubbed together and bought me a waterproof iPod. I have loaded it with several of my fav music albums (Lady Gaga, Mica and JLS are just a few) and have downloaded all t... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 08:07:38 EST Entertainment whilst swimming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3763398 A little while ago I blogged about being bored whilst swimming up and down, up and down. I can hear cries of 'poor you' own swimming pool and still complaining. Besides good exercise I use the time to clear my mind but also to practice French. Someone has heard my prayers for a way of entertaining myself whilst exercising in a wet place - someone has invented a waterproof MP3 player with 1GB of space for tunes and, in my case, I can put my whole French cassette on and learn while I swim. ... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 07:03:49 EST Swimming with French verbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2274888 As I was swimming up and down my pool I started to feel a bit bored and like it was a bit of a chore. Day in day out, up and down and back again. Hubby sits nearby but he is reading a book. The thing with swimming is that you cant take your ipod in, I have tried tucking it under my hat but hubby says it will get wet and be ruined. I cant read a book as it would get wet and as for taking the tele in with me, that is a big NO NO!! <BR> <BR> Then I decided to combine my exercise with anothe... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 08:59:45 EST More Positive Outlook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2269221 After reading a blog about us dieters choosing derogatory names I have decided to have a more positive outlook on life. I have changed my SP id name to a nice cheery one and updated my photo. Here's to a bright and happy future. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/1/b118583410.jpg"> Wed, 29 Jul 2009 10:27:08 EST